Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Crochet Tips: Using DK Wool Instead of Chunky


The Problem

You've got a lovely new pattern that you've been desperate to try for ages.  Your first free Saturday comes and you pop down to your lovely local, but slightly limited yarn shop.  There is either no reasonably priced chunky wool, none in the colour you want, or ... shock horror ... no chunky wool at all.

Do not despair!!

The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller

Finding a Solution

I found myself in this exact predicament just a few weeks ago and so I had a quick search on the internet about using DK (double knitting) wool instead of chunky.  There did not seem to be any definitive answers and various chat forum threads said different things.

Hence, this blog.  Hopefully I can help someone out their facing the same problem.

My Advice

1.  Look at the yarn required in the pattern.  It should tell you how much you need in terms of weight and length.  In my case, this was 100g or 150m.

2.  Look at the weight and approximate length of the yarn on ball bands of DK wool in colours that you like.  I found one that was 100g or 300m.

3.  Apply some basic mental arithmetic.  In this case, the DK wool I had in my hand was half the width of the chunky wool my pattern required.  For the same weight the length of the wool was double.

4.  I simply bought two balls and crocheted away happily with two DK yarn strands.  

Having measured the finished product, it was exactly in line with what the pattern suggested and I'm sure it was all because I checked the yarn weight and length.

Two-Tone Yarn

Another difficulty I had was that one of the chunky yarns from my pattern was supposed to be slightly flecked.

My brainwave was to use two strands of DK in two different shades of grey (not 50!) and it had a similar effect.

As always, please do leave a comment if you find this post useful - I love to hear from you.

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  1. This was a good, helpful post Emma - it will come in handy for a lot of people I'm sure. :)

  2. Thank you again for your lovely comment Debi!


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